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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - 12th December

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, you who enjoy God's favour! The Lord is with you.'
She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean,
but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour.
Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David;
he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.'
Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?'
The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.
And I tell you this too: your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month,
for nothing is impossible to God.'
Mary said, 'You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said.' And the angel left her.

The season of Advent  for me echoes beautifully the Blessed Mother’s pregnancy. We are like the expectant mother, preparing for and joyfully anticipating the birth of her child. Our Lady of Guadalupe is often referred to as the Protectress of Unborn Children. Our Lady cared for, loved and protected the life that she carried, her unborn child Jesus. It is a tragedy that not all unborn children are protected, that they are not even recognised as people in much of the world. As Blessed Pope John Paul II said “A nation that kills its children is a nation without hope.” This is truly the greatest tragedy of our time, for if we do not protect the sacredness of human life then we are truly lost.

Advent Advantage: First, pray for the end of abortion. Here are some pro-life meditation for the various mysteries of the Rosary and here are other pro-life prayers. Second, if you do not do so already, take action. Some ideas include finding a local pro-life group and get involved, starting one if there isn’t one already, organising a drive for donations for mothers in need, organising pro-life events at your parish.

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